Modules – The Raise Responsibility System


Intro – #30 – 32 | Hierarchy of Social Development – #33 – 38 | Check for Understanding – #40 – 42 | Guides Choices – #44 – 46

  • This module shows where the DISCIPLINE program, referred to as the Raise Responsibility System, fits into the teaching model.
    Module 30: The Raise Responsibility System
  • This module shares the philosophy that every time an adult uses authority, the student is deprived of an opportunity to become more responsible. The principles of collaboration and noncoercion are emphasized. A demonstration is shown of how a wild horse is trained in less than 30 minutes as an...
    Module 31: A Horse Analogy and Trust
  • This module shares the idea that successful teachers are proactive, rather than just reacting to students’ inappropriate behaviors. Classical conditioning and behavior modification using reinforcement are explained and how Tom Sawyer was a better psychologist than B.F. Skinner, the mentor of the theory used in much of today’s education...
    Module 32: Understanding Behaviorism
  • This module demonstrates that being proactive does not mean informing students in advance of consequence for inappropriate behaviors. Not knowing is more effective than knowing. The concept of hierarchies is introduced along with the idea of how we inadvertently confuse Jean Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. Level A (anarchy)...
    Module 33: Understanding The Hierarchy of Social Development
  • This module explains how to teach the two lower levels of inappropriate behaviors along with the origins of these concepts. The connection between feelings and behavior is reviewed. How counterwill is totally avoided by teaching the levels is explained. The module asserts that discussing unacceptable levels of behaviors is...
    Module 34: Underestanding Levels A and B
  • This module shares a way to reduce bullying. It demonstrates how to empower students to react to being bullied and never become a victim of it. It concludes that the most effective way to learn how to react to bullying is to discuss it rather than ignore it.
    Module 35: Handling Bullying
  • This module introduces the first level of motivation—external motivation. It is explained along with how the concept of cooperation, which is expected, differs from the concept of conformity that can have a negative effect on young people who have a strong desire to be liked and conform to their...
    Module 36: Understanding External Motivation
  • This module introduces the relationship between democracy and responsibility and the reason for the use of the term “democracy” for this level. A classic story is told about motivation and its relationship to Level D and how rewards change motivation. The module explains how everyone operates on all four...
    Module 37: The Effectiveness of Internal Motivation
  • This module demonstrates that the behavior on Level C and Level D can be identical. The difference between the two levels is in the motivation. The more the difference between the two levels of motivation are discussed, the more students want to become responsible.
    Module 38: Differences between Levels C and D
  • This module explains what to do when a student has been taught the levels and continues to act on one of the unacceptable levels—A or B. After teaching the hierarchy, this second phase of the discipline system is referred to as Checking for Understanding. Simple cognitive learning theory is...
    Module 40: Checking for Understanding
  • This module shares a letter from an elementary teacher demonstrating the effectiveness of Checking for Understanding.
    Module 41: A Letter from an Elementary School Teacher
  • This letter shares a letter from a middle school teacher who was his county’s teacher of the year but was thinking of leaving the profession until he started implementing the Raise Responsibility System. He then shares how he changed his approach by using the system and the success and...
    Module 42: A Letter from a Middle School Teacher


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